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Snoop Dogg Claims He Received A Payout Of Less Than $45,000 After Earning 1 Billion Streams On Spotify

Snoop Dogg has revealed how he was able to win big with non-fungible tokens (NFTs) alongside his son after the low payout he received from streaming on Spotify.

Dec 11, 2023

How Spotify Plans To Drive An Additional $1B In Revenue For Emerging And Professional Musicians Over The Next 5 Years

It appears as though Spotify would like to improve how it supports musicians.

Nov 22, 2023

Various Hits By Rihanna Surge Over 1,000 Percent In U.S. Streams After Super Bowl Halftime Performance

Rihanna’s highly anticipated return to the stage has fans taking trips down memory lane.

Feb 14, 2023

Drake Wants A 'LeBron Sized' Check For Surpassing A Historic 75 Billion Streams On Spotify

Drake nudged one of the largest music streaming platforms to secure a hefty check.

Feb 2, 2023

Joe Budden Reveals Reasons Why He Walked Away From The Spotify Deal Worth Nearly $20M

Joe Budden knows when it’s time to walk away from things that aren’t in alignment with the brand that he’s worked to build. During an appearance on the Earn Your Leisure podcast, he explained his rise to the top of the podcasting game. He even shared the details that went into his decision to walk away from what seemed like a lucrative deal with Spotify.

Jan 19, 2023

Meet Jewel Ham, The Former Intern Who Says She 'Invented The Spotify Wrapped Story Concept'

Sometimes creating something for another brand or entity comes with a cost.

Dec 5, 2022

Diddy Calls Out Apple Music And Spotify For Its Rules And Regulations — 'These People Out Here Trying To Control Me'

For over three decades, Diddy has built a legacy in the music industry. Staying true to his “Can’t stop, won’t stop” motto, the mogul hasn’t let up on both releasing music and discovering new talent. As previously reported by AfroTech, he announced the latest level of his evolution with Love Records — his new R&B label that has partnered with Motown Records.

Oct 3, 2022

Meghan Markle Dethrones Joe Rogan Of The No. 1 Spot On U.S. Spotify Podcast Charts Two Days After Archetypes' Debut

Meghan Markle seems to be ready for her take over of the podcast industry. Forbes reports that the Duchess of Sussex’s Archetypes podcast has knocked The Joe Rogan Experience out of the No. 1 spot on Spotify podcast charts in the U.S. The major feat comes only two days after Markle dropped her first episode. What’s more, her podcast is dominating across Australia, Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

Aug 26, 2022

Kanye West Says His Next Album 'Donda 2' Will Only Be Available For Streaming On His Platform

Kanye West is known for thinking outside of the box. And, with his next album “Donda 2,” things are no different. Ahead of its release on Feb. 22, Kanye West took to Instagram to announce it will not be available on streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and YouTube. But, the album will be available for streaming on his $200 stem player that AfroTech previously reported allows fans to “customize any song.” “Donda 2 will only be streaming on my own platform, the stem player. You can download new music from You can play 4 different elements of the track: vocals, drums, bass and music. It also has a MP3 player available. We currently have 67,000 available and are making 3,000 a day,” Kanye West wrote via Instagram. If you are wondering why the sudden move to venture away from streaming giants, West revealed his disdain for the “oppressive system.” “Donda 2 will only be available on...

Feb 18, 2022

Spotify CEO Daniel Ek To Keep Joe Rogan On The Platform Amid The Podcaster's Racism Controversy

Over the past week, Joe Rogan has been in the headlines for his use of the n-word in his podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience”. AfroTech previously reported that India.Arie became one of the latest musicians to pull her music catalog from Spotify. Her decision came in following the resurfaced videos, as well as the platform’s negligence of the COVID-19 misinformation shared on Rogan’s podcast, which Neil Young was the first to demand action. “Neil Young opened a door that I must walk through,” Arie wrote via Instagram. “I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons other than his Covid interviews. For me, it’s also his language around race.” In the midst of the controversy around Rogan, it looks like the podcaster will continue to stay on Spotify. The platform’s CEO Daniel Ek has recently stated his condemnation for Rogan’s actions but has no plans of removing him according to The Hollywood Reporter. While Ek addressed in a letter to staff that...

Feb 7, 2022

India Arie Joins Musicians Pulling Their Catalogs From Spotify Following Joe Rogan Controversy

India Arie has always been about doing what feels right. Arie has shook the music industry since the very beginning, defying beauty standards with her hit song, “Video,” and always making it known that she will not conform to fit into what the world wants her to be. And, in 2022, nothing is changing. Rolling Stone reports that Arie is among the latest musicians set to remove music from Spotify in support of Neil Young, who first demanded action against the streaming platform’s failure to address the COVID-19 misinformation shared by Joe Rogan via his podcast. While misinformation about viruses and vaccines sparked the protest by musicians on the platform, Arie says it’s much more than that. “Neil Young opened a door that I must walk through,” Arie wrote via Instagram. “I believe in freedom of speech. However, I find Joe Rogan problematic for reasons other than his Covid interviews. For me, it’s also his language around race.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by India Arie...

Feb 1, 2022

NBA's Spencer Dinwiddie, Ex-Wall Streeter Solo Ceesay Launch New Podcast With CoinDesk & Spotify

NBA player Spencer Dinwiddie — the self-proclaimed “tech guy with a jumper” — and tech entrepreneur Solo Ceesay are taking their talents to the podcasting world. Today, Dinwiddie and Ceesay — also the co-founders of Calaxy app — announced their New Money podcast in partnership with CoinDesk and Spotify in a press release exclusively provided to AfroTech. “With the launch of New Money, we are catapulting traditionally boring conversations on finances into the realm of mainstream entertainment. We have given way to colloquial conversations about new methods of wealth creation in an effort to produce something that could resonate with all audiences,” said Ceesay in a press release. While the now co-hosts are entering new territory, they aren’t new to the “creator economy” as their company, Calaxy, is an open social marketplace for creators by creators. The decentralized social media app brings creators and fans closer through various features while unlocking opportunities for creator...

Jan 12, 2022

According To T-Pain, This Is What It Takes For Artists To Earn $1 From Streaming Giants

If “for your information” was a person, it might as well be T-Pain (at least in this case). On Dec. 29, the musical genius took to Twitter to share how many streams an artist has to rack up to profit one dollar. Just so you know…… — T-Pain (@TPAIN) December 29, 2021 According to his post, Napster pays artists more money per stream with 53 plays per one dollar payout, and YouTube music ranked last with 1,250 plays per one dollar payout. The chart also claimed that collecting one dollar in royalties requires 78 streams for streaming giant TIDAL, 128 for Apple Music, 156 for Deezer , 249 for Amazon Music, 315 for Spotify, and 752 for Pandora.

Dec 30, 2021